IN THE CUT star Mark Ruffalo was so eager to be popular among his high school classmates, he ran himself over with his own bicycle while trying to get their attention.

The Wisconsin native admits that when he was 13 years old, he was in desperate need to improve his credibility level among his peers.

He says, "When you're that age you want to be accepted by your peers and I saw some of my peers coming towards me. They were the kids who would spit spitballs at me on the bus and stuff.

"I wanted to be their friend and be accepted by them, so I waved and I ran myself over with the bike. I had a tyre mark across my face."

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